Category: United States

Trump offers ‘compromise’ to end government shutdown

BBC – US President Donald Trump has set out new plans on his Mexican wall project to try to end a partial government shutdown lasting more than four weeks. One of his “compromises” was on so-called Dreamers – who entered the US illegally when young. He still wants $5.7bn (£4.5bn) to fund the wall. Democrats […]

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Trump threatens ‘national emergency’ over wall

BBC – U.S. President Donald Trump has said he could declare a national emergency to build a US-Mexico border wall without the approval of Congress. It came after he met senior Democrats, who refused his requests for funding. The stand-off has seen Trump withhold support for a bill to fully fund the government until he […]

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U.S. – Hurricane Michael kills 17, death toll expected to rise

Rescuers are picking their way through devastated areas of north-west Florida, in the United States (U.S.), amid fears that the death toll from Hurricane Michael will rise. The hurricane, one of the most powerful in US history, struck on Wednesday with winds of up to 155 miles per hour. According to officials, at least 17 […]

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World: Kavanaugh confirmed by US Senate

The US Senate has voted to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, after weeks of rancorous debate. The Senate backed Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination by 50 votes to 48. Kavanaugh had been embroiled in a bitter battle to stave off allegations of sexual assault. But after an 11th-hour investigation by the FBI into […]

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WORLD: TS Florence continues to pummel the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Florence trudged inland on Saturday, flooding rivers and towns, toppling trees and cutting power to nearly a million homes and businesses as it dumped huge amounts of rain on North and South Carolina, where five people have died. Florence diminished from hurricane strength as it came ashore on Friday, but forecasters said the […]

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Nasa delays historic mission to the sun

US space agency Nasa has delayed its mission to send a satellite closer to the Sun than any before. The Parker Solar Probe was set to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Saturday, but last-minute investigations have delayed it for 24 hours. It is now scheduled to blast off – on board the mammoth Delta-IV […]

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Kilauea volcano erupts

Kilauea volcano erupted and released lava into a residential area in Hawaii on Thursday, leading to mandatory evacuations of nearby homes. The eruption affected Leilani Estates, a subdivision in the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea volcano, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. “Shortly before 5 p.m., lava was confirmed at the surface in the […]

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Trump dictated the glowing health letter

When Dr. Harold Bornstein described in hyperbolic prose then-candidate Donald Trump’s health in 2015, the language he used was eerily similar to the style preferred by his patient. It turns out the patient himself wrote it, according to Bornstein. “He dictated that whole letter. I didn’t write that letter,” Bornstein told CNN on Tuesday. “I […]

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WhatsApp CEO to leave Facebook

Jan Koum, the CEO and cofounder of Facebook-owned WhatsApp, confirmed Monday that he is leaving the company. The departure comes nearly four years after Facebook (FB) completed its acquisition of the messaging service for $22 billion, the largest purchase in its history. In addition to running WhatsApp, Koum also served on Facebook’s board. The Washington […]

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Russia escalates spy row with new expulsions

Russia has announced further measures against UK diplomats while at the same time declaring tit-for-tat expulsions of officials from 23 other countries. It has told the British ambassador to cut staffing to the size of the Russian mission in the UK. Moscow has rejected UK accusations that it is behind the nerve agent attack on […]

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Census 2020: US adds controversial citizenship question

WASHINGTON – The 2020 United States (US) Census will ask respondents whether or not they are US citizens for the first time since 1950. California and New York vowed to sue to block the move, saying it will deter immigrants from participating. Trump administration officials say the data will help the government allocate resources and […]

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